Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:54:53 -0400Copyright: ©2016 Sun Sentinel
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:58:50 PDT
A man recently released from state prison has been charged with a robbery in which a woman tried to stop him by leaping onto the hood of his car.
Frederic Mordon, 35, was arrested Thursday after several people close to him identified him as the man seen on video stealing a $300 black Kate Spade...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:12:00 PDT
Broward Circuit Judge Matthew I. Destry suspended a strong-arm robber's 60-year prison sentence in exchange for help with his failed re-election campaign, according to formal charges filed Thursday by the state's judicial watchdog agency.
The charges are unlikely to be resolved before Destry, who...
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:35:00 PDT
Hurricane Matthew strengthened overnight to a Category 2 storm as it moves through the Caribbean.
It is still unclear as to whether the storm would bear down on South Florida.
Early Friday the storm's maximum sustained winds increased to 100 mph, according to the latest update from the National...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:58:00 PDT
The city of Plantation's fight in court against a family's massive Christmas display will go on for longer than expected.
Although Broward Circuit Judge Marina Garcia-Woods had expected the non-jury trial to wrap up Thursday, she announced it would extend into a fourth day Friday.
The city is suing...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:14:12 PDT
Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie has plenty of room for improvement, the School Board has determined.
Runcie has received the most critical evaluation of his five-year tenure, with three of nine School Board members giving him an overall rating of "needs improvement" and two others giving...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:58:58 PDT
City Manager Kelvin Baker won't be sticking around, even though it looked for awhile like he would.
Commissioners had agreed to reconsider their newly approved city budget in an effort to keep Baker.
They had cut out three positions —including an assistant city manager — that Baker called critical...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:58:00 PDT
Voters have an unusual choice, between a former judge and a sitting judge, in one of the three nonpartisan races for the Broward County Court bench that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.
In Group 7, voters can choose the incumbent, who has been in office for a year and a half, or her opponent,...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:43:07 PDT
As if creepy crawly pests weren't enough, along came a two-legged one.
Derek Lavon Bell, 38, is suspected of sneaking into homes tented for pest control and stealing more than $300,000 worth of property, Hollywood police said.
Investigators say 23 people from cities including Hollywood, Pembroke...
Sat, 1 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT
Snitching for the feds can be dangerous work, but it also can be pretty lucrative.
One South Florida man who has been working undercover as a confidential informant for 31 years has been paid about $1.5 million for his efforts, according to court records and testimony that shed some light on the...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:56:00 PDT
Five political rookies are competing in a crowded race to replace Commissioner Patty Asseff, who is leaving her District 1 seat to run for mayor.
Attorney Victor DeBianchi, restaurateur Debra Case, City Hall agitator Itzhack Feldman, attorney Stacey Kotzen and retired pilot Luis Humberto Prada...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:30:00 PDT
With longtime Mayor Peter Bober not seeking re-election, three hopefuls have lined up to take his place: real estate agent Patty Asseff, attorney Josh Levy and veteran politician Eleanor Sobel.
Depending on what happens Nov. 8, Hollywood's seven-member commission could have five new faces. Three...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:51:00 PDT
James Billie, the former alligator wrestler who built the Seminole Tribe of Florida into a major business enterprise, has once again been removed from office after the tribe's members moved to recall him.
The Seminole Tribal Council, the tribe's governing body, voted unanimously to oust its chairman...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:18:00 PDT
The Broward Health board rejected a property tax increase Wednesday and learned the potentially severe consequences of its recent decision to dismiss the public hospital system's accounting firm.
The board voted 4-1 against a staff proposal for a 7.2 percent tax increase, agreeing to keep taxes...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:01:27 PDT
Homeowners will pay a slightly lower tax rate and a higher fire fee under a $239.4 million budget approved unanimously Wednesday night.
In June, city officials were anticipating a $20 million shortfall, exacerbated by rising pension and health care costs.
"We are not out of the woods yet," City...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:04:00 PDT
A Broward County judge denied bond Wednesday for a man who police say doused his estranged wife with gasoline and set her on fire.
"These facts shock the conscience of the court," Broward County Judge Michael Davis told Noel Garcia de Armas, 47, of Miami. Garcia de Armas' lawyers may seek bond...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:49:18 PDT
A 38-year-old man is acccused of sexually abusing a child in Margate, police said.
Michael Thomas Swayze, of Margate, is charged with sex assault/sex battery on a victim under 12 years of age and lewd and lascivious behavior/molestation on a victim under 12 years of age.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:36:00 PDT
The thought of Christmas jeer brought Kathy Hyatt to tears.
The Plantation woman cried on the witness stand Wednesday as she told a judge that the city's restrictions on her family's large Christmas display has left visitors in a bind.
The holiday display, staged at her home at 11201 NW 14th St.,...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:24:00 PDT
A Pompano Beach city commissioner could face charges he illegally profited from his 2014 campaign, if findings from the Broward Inspector General move forward.
In a final report issued Wednesday, the Inspector General found probable cause that Commissioner Rex Hardin's print shop improperly charged...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:42:02 PDT
Homeowners will pay a slightly higher tax rate but the same $199.50 fire fee under a $122 million budget that won commission approval Wednesday night.
With property values in Sunrise increasing by 8.5 percent, homeowners can expect to see higher tax bills next year.
Sunrise residents will continue...
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:38:44 PDT
Tropical Storm Matthew formed in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Caribbean Sea on Wednesday morning and was heading west. The storm is expected to meet hurricane-friendly conditions in the Caribbean, where it will strengthen and likely turn to the north. By Friday, it could be a hurricane,...
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:26:13 PDT
A police officer who smacked a homeless man he was evicting from the downtown bus terminal last year faces a 20-day unpaid suspension for violating department policies.
An internal affairs investigation has concluded that Officer Victor Ramirez used excessive force and unnecessary vulgar language....
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:56:00 PDT
The wife of former NFL star Lawrence Taylor spent the weekend in jail to resolve a domestic violence charge she faced after she struck her husband in the back of his head during a June argument, court records show.
Lynette Taylor, 43, pleaded no contest on Sept. 13 to one count of simple battery...
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:12:00 PDT
In the hours before José Fernández and two other men died in a tragic boating accident, the beloved pitcher invited several of his teammates to hang out with him after the team beat the Atlanta Braves late Saturday night.
"He invited everybody," said Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, one of the...
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:12:07 PDT
Which will prevail? The joy of the masses eager to see a large Christmas display? Or the public safety that police say will result from shutting it down?
Those are arguments heard by a judge Tuesday, as the city of Plantation tries to curtail a residential Christmas display by a court order.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:15:00 PDT
A teen driving around in a stolen Lexus Monday was caught with jewelry, credit cards and a tablet that linked him to four home burglaries in Pompano Beach, authorities said.
Ali Dukes, 18, of Deerfield Beach, was arrested Monday afternoon after he was spotted inside a gray Lexus that had been reported...